Take child’s play seriously

That the programme should languish in spite of the Supreme Court’s intervention since 2001 to universalise and upgrade the ICDS shows deplorable lack of commitment across the political spectrum.

A general’s move

General Kayani gave himself the task of rebuilding his Army’s image, severely dented by the unpopularity of his predecessor, Pervez Musharraf.

On shaky ground

A Sri Lankan Supreme Court judgment on devolution of land powers underlines the 13th Amendment’s shortcomings to keep in check central intrusion into provincial governance.

Flying high on its achievements

The IAF evolved into a modern fighting force through the dedication and hard work of its Indian pioneers and their achievements in theatres of war.

The forgotten promise of 1949

The RSS wrote a non-political role for itself as part of an undertaking it gave Sardar Patel. The overtpolitical role it has assumed in 2013 is a breach of that agreement and its own constitution.

Publishing start-ups crowd world’s biggest book fair

A rush of publishing start-ups and ever new ways to lure readers in an industry with Amazon breathing down its neck will be a central theme at the world’s biggest book fair, opening in Germany on Wednesday.

Bicycle phobia

The prohibition imposed on bicycle riding and use of non-motorised transport in 174 designated roads of Kolkata during most hours of the workday or round-the-clock is undemocratic, environmentally retrograde.

Singh and Obama play ‘small ball’

The September 27 Manmohan Singh-Obama meeting made some incremental moves, but the India-U.S. relationship needs more energy and stronger economies.

Three deals that can change the world

With new trade winds blowing across the globe, India must focus on getting the best out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement to be concluded by 2015.

When the President speaks

By voicing his concern over the legislators’ ordinance, Pranab Mukherjee has demonstrated noteworthy and subtle use of the presidential differential in echoing public opinion.

A silent club has no future

Inevitably, the spotlight now shines on an association which grew out of empire and managed to reinvent itself as a values-based club that, according to Jawaharlal Nehru, brought a “touch of healing” to the world.

An election, interrupted

Under the Maldivian Constitution, when no candidate wins more than 50 per cent votes, a run-off between the first two candidates must be held within three weeks.

Looking ahead on Telangana

Telangana is one big step closer to realisation. But like any partition, this too will come with pain, dislocation, anxiety and anger.

Two states and the Godavari

Andhra’s resistance to Telangana is linked to future access to the river’s waters on which the coastal region’sindustries are heavily dependent.

No line of control here

A Pakistani whose efforts at rural development in Andhra Pradesh have been acclaimed, Shoaib Sultan Khan has shown there is much scope for cooperation across a troubled border.

For the next wave

India’s transport infrastructure requires a substantial facelift, considering higher than average traffic growth projected along several industrial corridors.

Taking interest in transparency

Arguing that there is no such thing as an interest free loan, the RBI has laid down guidelines that will make a large swathe of retail lending by banks more transparent.

Delivering us from surveillance

New Delhi can pursue a series of small, simple measures to help check NSA’s snooping without seriously affecting India-U.S. ties.

What the great-grandson didn’t learn

Should Rahul Gandhi read the correspondence between Nehru and Patel, he would know that differences can be expressed with greater finesse than what he has shown us.

The end of the big chill

A thaw in Iran-U.S. relations has the potential to reorient West Asia’s geopolitics for the better.